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Trader Joes Penne Arrabiata, Thrifty Book Finds

I actually picked this up on a whim while at Trader Joes – Frozen Penne Arrabiata. I figured we’d keep it on hand for a quick meal. To my surprise, it was actually really good. It’s not spicy (at least not to Rob and I) but it is quite tasty. The package is even labeled vegan on the back. It only takes about six or seven minutes to make this. You just have to add water or oil to the pan, dump the bag contents in, and heat it up. Simple and easy. It costs around $2.69 for a bag.





Ahhh, ready to eat:


I made Blueberry Crumb Muffins again but this time they were huge. I used my large muffin pan which I brought back with me over Easter. The pan has been packed away for months so it was fun to use it again. It makes bakery-size muffins, or the equivalent to two muffins. They were scrumptious.


We went to two library sales over the weekend. Rob spotted a wonderful vintage furniture book: How to Build Modern Furniture. It’s the second edition from 1957! I’ve actually heard about this book but I didn’t own it. Score!!!!


Some library sales I’ve been to have sections for “better books” which is where I found this next book: Reader’s Digest Home Made Best Made. The book was $3 and is chock full of great stuff. It’s over 300 pages and has everything from crafts, gardening, cooking, baking, making your own bath and body products, etc….. I’ve barely scratched the surface. There’s even instructions for making a sturdy garden trellis using bamboo. I might have to give that a try for the tomato plants.


Hope you have a wonderful day 😀

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  • laura jesser April 24, 2007, 7:40 pm

    Those books look like fun finds! I would love to get a large muffin pan like that–your muffins look delectable.

  • K April 24, 2007, 11:44 pm

    The penne looks so good. i haven’t seen that at Trader Joe’s but now i must look closer. i have found that my close TJs doesn’t have all the same items at others around the county of San Diego… so if that means i must look elsewhere, then so be it. i feel guilty that i have more than one TJs nearby to shop at when others don’t have even one!!! (that Jewish guilt thing… i’ve got it bad.)

    MUFFIN! Nice, big blueberry muffin… making me miss my South Haven, Mich., childhood daze at McKenzie’s bakery… *sigh* Looks awesome. The bigger the better, i say, esp. when it comes to muffins.

  • johanna April 25, 2007, 6:29 am

    yum! looks so good the food. those muffins looks absolutely divine!

  • Selena April 25, 2007, 9:22 am

    I love how Trader Joes is so good at labeling their products. I have to eat a gluten free diet and I love to shop there. I recently discovered their fresh squeezed organic orange juice and I will never drink anything else again. It cost a mint but it is truly like drinking fresh squeezed orange juice.

  • aTxVegn April 25, 2007, 10:06 am

    Those books look like lots of fun. The pasta certainly was a good buy and the muffins are so big and beautiful!

  • Wendy April 25, 2007, 10:58 am

    Lucky find! That book can value up to $150.00 in good condition.
    That one is probably still worth quite a bit.
    It’ss a great book too!

  • vicki April 25, 2007, 10:39 pm

    Great finds here! I really miss living near a Trader Joe’s — how awesome to find a yummy, quick, vegan meal in a bag. BIG muffins are the best!

  • bazu April 26, 2007, 8:48 am

    I think penne arabiata might be one of my all-time favorite things to eat, ever. If I’m ever within reachable distance from a Trader Joe’s, I’ll be sure and look for that. YUM!

  • pinknest April 26, 2007, 8:58 am

    the pasta looks so funny frozen. but yummy cooked! and your blueberry muffins looks lovely indeed. i might make some soon.

  • Jody (vegchic) April 26, 2007, 2:55 pm

    Isn’t it geat that TJ’s labels so many items as vegan now?

    The muffins look great. I’m looking forward to fresh local blues in August. Tommy (my birdy) loves fresh blueberries too.

    I saw both your post and Bazu’s post on the pepperoni. I’ve got to give that a try.

    Sometimes wonder when I see cool older books on furniture design or cooking, I wonder if I they are ones you would want. So odd, how we connect with people who are far, far away!

  • Melissa West April 27, 2007, 6:56 am

    You always find the neatest things!

  • Twisted Cinderella April 27, 2007, 8:05 am

    I went to a book fair yesterday and between my husband, my daughter and I, we bought 72 books. Thank goodness they were only 12 for $1! I got some great cookbooks which I am really excited about.

  • Randi April 27, 2007, 4:45 pm

    Great finds and the muffins look scrumptious. We hit another rummage sale on Wednesday. This one was in our town and is somewhat famous around here. The prices are insane. Most things are between 5-10 cents. Some are 25. I think the most I paid was 1.00 for a bread machine. I got some wonderful clamp top mason jars( made in france). I love those jars, I have a lot of them that I store small amounts of specialty flours, grains, etc.

  • vegandiva April 27, 2007, 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone 🙂

    Selena, I’ll have to check out the organic OJ next time I’m at TJ’s. I’ve found out about a lot of good products there from fellow bloggers 🙂

    Jody, It is funny how we make connections with people online like that. I do that too. I’ll be at a sale and an item will make me think of someone. At the grocery store I’ve been know to exclaim to Rob…”hey, this (insert food item name) is what (insert blogger name) was talking about. Yay! I found it.”

    TC, wow, that’s a lot of books…and the prices…12/$1? That rocks!!!! Post some pics of your finds on your blog 🙂

    Randi, rummage sales always have really cheap prices. It’s great. Congrats on your $1 bread machine. You need to put your finds on your blog too. I love those clamp top mason jars but rarely find them. Good score 🙂